Of course, with extended time on the road, there’s always a risk of an accident jeopardising your fun. Though you don’t want worries about the worst happening to interfere with your good time, it’s a great idea to research companies like Motor Accident Legal Service before heading off, just so you’re prepared in case something does happen. Before you even do that though, you need to decide on where you’re going! Read on below for five of the greatest road trips Australia has to offer.
1. The Great Ocean Road
From the Torquay to Allansford in Victoria, The Great Ocean Road is one of the most well-known drives in the country thanks to the spectacular views and the famous Twelve Apostles. Nothing compares for a coastal scenic drive. There are beautiful beaches, rainforest walks, and diverse wildlife, not to mention the variety of quaint, small town restaurants along the way. The Great Ocean Road truly lives up to its name as one of the best drives in Australia.
2. Great Alpine RoadAustralia is a country of greats. The Great Ocean Road, the Great Dividing Range, the Great Australian Bight and the Great Barrier Reef. Well, the Great Alpine Road follows Australia’s very original naming conventions without exception… and it lives up to the title of great. Starting off in Wangaratta and following an old, disused rail track, the road goes through a long valley of alpaca farms and wineries. You hit the mountains at Mount Buffalo National Park and continue all the way to Bairnsdale in the south.
3. The Nullarbor PlainIf mountains aren’t your thing and you like your roads a little straighter, then look no further than the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia. Almost treeless, the semi-arid expanse of shrubs is as flat as it comes. Though harsh and dry, the landscape is somehow still dotted with wildlife. Driving along, you will undoubtedly come across mobs of kangaroos and even wild camels. So flat is the Nullarbor you will even begin to believe you can see the curve of the Earth.
4. Heritage Highway
Australia’s often forgotten state, Tasmania is the host of one of the best historic drives in the country. Heritage Highway was built by convicts back in the 1800s and is today the site of charming stone villages and lush green countryside. This short drive from Hobart to Launceston is all about getting out of the car and experiencing the history and culture of the area. The drive itself can take as little as two hours to complete but, for a true experience, it can take up to two days.
5. KurandaThe final drive for the list is a little further north. From the magnificent beaches of Cairns, drive through the World Heritage listed rainforest up to the mountain village of Kuranda. Keep your window down as you drive up, soaking up the fresh rainforest air and letting in the natural acoustics of tropical birds and millions of insects. If you are lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the rare cassowary.
Australia has some of the greatest drives in the world and these are just some of the best. They all have plenty to see and do, enough even to keep the kids entertained. What is your favourite Australian road trip?